Annapurna Studios

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Not to be confused with Annapurna Pictures.
Annapurna Studios Pvt Ltd
అన్నపూర్ణ స్టూడియోస్
Private
Industry Entertainment
Founded 1975
Founder Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
Headquarters Hyderabad, India
Key people
Nagarjuna Akkineni
Akkineni Venkat
Sumanth
Naga Chaitanya
Sushanth
Akhil Akkineni
Products Films
Services Film production
Film distribution
Owner Nagarjuna Akkineni
Website Annapurna Studios Pvt Ltd
Annapurna International School of Film & Media

Annapurna Studios (Telugu: అన్నపూర్ణ స్టూడియోస్) is a production and distribution company established in 1975 by the late Telugu actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni. This studio was named after his wife 'Annapurna Akkineni'. Based in Hyderabad, it mainly produces and distributes Telugu films and also provides various production facilities, including sound stages for set construction, outdoor sets, editing, dubbing and Digital Intermediate suites. ANR's son, actor Nagarjuna Akkineni serves as a chairman after his dad's death.

The non-profit Annapurna International School of Film and Media is also situated in the premises of Annapurna Studios.

Foundation[edit]

Actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni always wished to move the Telugu film industry from Madras to Hyderabad (now in Telangana) as this is where its audience predominantly was. With the support of the government, he started the studio primarily to encourage this migration. The studio was inaugurated by the then President of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed on 14 January, 1976.

Studio floors and backlots[edit]

The first Studio floor at Annapurna was built in 1976 and spans an area of 11,000 sq ft. The second studio was built in 1978 and was dedicated to the workers who had made the construction of the studio possible. This was followed by the construction of two more studios spanning 10,000 sft each and several outdoor locations, including a Manduva house (village house), police station, hospital, the Manam house, and several other landscaped areas which were commonly used in many films and television shoots.

In 2011, Annapurna Studios invested in building five new air-conditioned floors wherein the biggest floor spans an area of 14800 sq ft. This new facility features plush green rooms for artists & technicians, in-house 1520 KV generator capacity, catwalk grids for easy light settings, cyclorama/bluemat for special effects and inbuilt fire-fighting and detection systems. It also includes a 3000 sft space for dance rehearsals, photo-shoots and press-meets.[1]

Within the first few months this new facility had catered to over 35–40 prominent Tollywood productions including Naayak, Gabbar Singh, Mirchi, Dammu, Julayi, Shadow, Baadshah, Greeku Veerudu and Iddarammayilatho. It also played host to TV Commercial shoots for Malabar Gold, Mahindra Tractor, Joy Allukas, Jos Allukas, Kalyan Jewellers. Shooting of 3D & Reality Show projects is in the pipeline.

Annapurna studios is considered an auspicious place for film launches. With new state-of-the art AC facilities, Annapurna has transformed into not only a film but a cross media entertainment centre used for audio launches, Television awards & corporate events as well. It is also the venue partner for the Hyderabad Metro Rail Brand Ambassadors Campaign.

Post-production[edit]

In 2011, Annapurna Studios expanded its post-production facilities by adding two new Digital intermediate and edit suites. The DI suites house the state-of-the-art Baselight 4.3 DI System and India’s first Mistika 4K DI System. The DI Team has done extensive work on S. S. Rajamouli's blockbusters 'Eega' and Baahubali. It has also worked on Oosaravelli, Shirdi Sai, Rajanna, Routine Love Story among several others projects. Further support services include editing, dubbing, scanning and film recording.

Film production[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Details
2017 Ra Randoi Veduka Chudham Kalyan Krishna Akkineni Naga Chaitanya
Rakul Preet Singh
2016 Nirmala Convent G. Naga Koteswara Rao Akkineni Nagarjuna
Roshan Meka
Shriya Sharma
Co-produced with Nimmagadda Prasad
2016 Soggade Chinni Nayana Kalyan Krishna Akkineni Nagarjuna
Ramya Krishnan
Lavanya Tripathi
2014 Oka Laila Kosam Vijay Kumar Konda Akkineni Naga Chaitanya
Pooja Hegde
2014 Manam[2][3] Vikram Kumar Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nagarjuna
Akkineni Naga Chaitanya
First time starring three generations of heroes acting together.

One of the Biggest Hit in TFI.
Got rave reviews from Critics and Audience.

2013 Bhai[4] Veerabhadram Akkineni Nagarjuna
Richa Gangopadhyay
2011 Rajanna K. V. Vijayendra Prasad Akkineni Nagarjuna
Sneha
Won Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Silver),

Nandi Award for Best Child Actress (Baby Annie),
Nandi Award for Best Character Actor (Gandhi),
Nandi Award for Best Art Director (S Ravinder),
Nandi Award for Best Female Playback Singer (Malavika),
Nandi Special Jury Award (Nagarjuna)

2005 Super Puri Jagannadh Akkineni Nagarjuna
Ayesha Takia
Sonu Sood
Anushka Shetty

Won Filmfare Best Comedian in Telugu(Ali),
Nominated for Filmfare Best Film in Telugu,
Filmfare Best Director (Puri Jagannadh),
Filmfare Best Actor (Akkineni Nagarjuna).
Filmfare Best Music Director (Sandeep Chowta),
Filmfare Best Actress (Sandhya)

2004 Mass Raghava Lawrence Akkineni Nagarjuna
Jyothika
Charmy Kaur

Won CineMAA Award for Best Actor (Nagarjuna),
Santosham Best Actress Award (Jyothika)

2003 Satyam Surya Kiran Sumanth
Genelia D'Souza
2002 Manmadhudu K. Vijaya Bhaskar Akkineni Nagarjuna
Sonali Bendre
Won Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Gold)
1999 Prema Katha Ram Gopal Varma Sumanth
Antara Mali

Won Nandi Award for Best Feature Film (Bronze),
Nandi Award for Best Director (Ram Gopal Varma),
Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress (Radhika),
Nandi Award for Best Male Dubbing Artist (P.Shankar)

1999 Seetharama Raju YVS Chowdary Nagarjuna Akkineni
Nandamuri Harikrishna
Sakshi Sivanand
Sanghavi
Co-produced with D.Siva Prasad Reddy
1998 Aaha Suresh Krishna Jagapathi Babu
Sanghavi
1998 Sri Sita Ramula Kalyanam Chootamu Raarandi YVS Chowdary Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Venkat
Chandni
1998 Chandralekha Krishna Vamsi Nagarjuna Akkineni
Ramya Krishna
Isha Koppikar
Co-produced with V.Ram Prasad
1996 Ninne Pelladutha Krishna Vamsi Nagarjuna Akkineni
Tabu
Won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
1995 Sisindri Shiva Nageswara Rao Akhil Akkineni
Nagarjuna Akkineni
1993 Theerpu Uppalapati Narayana Rao Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Jagapati Babu
Aamani
1993 Rakshana Uppalapati Narayana Rao
R. R. Shinde
Nagarjuna Akkineni
Shobhana
1990 Iddaru Iddare A. Kodandarami Reddy Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Nagarjuna Akkineni
Ramya Krishnan
1989 Shiva Ram Gopal Verma Akkineni Nagarjuna
Amala

Produced in association with S.S.Creations
Won Nandi Award for Best Director (Ram Gopal Varma)
Released in Hindi in 1990

1987 Agni Putrudu K. Raghavendra Rao Nagarjuna Akkineni
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Sarada
Sivaji Ganesan
First film starring two generations
of the Akkineni family
1986 Vikram V. Madhusudhana Rao Akkineni Nagarjuna
Shobhana
Debut Film of Superstar Akkineni Nagarjuna
1983 Sri Ranga Neethulu A. Kodandarami Reddy Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Sridevi
1983 Prem Tapasya Dasari Narayana Rao Jeetendra
Rekha
Reena Roy
Remake of Premabhishekam
1982 Yuvaraju Dasari Narayana Rao Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Jayasudha
Sujatha
1981 Prema Kanuka K. Raghavendra Rao Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Sridevi
Mohan Babu
1980 Premabhishekam Dasari Narayana Rao Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Sridevi
Jayasudha
The film has completed 100 days in 30 centres[5]
1980 Pilla Zamindar Singeetam Srinivasa Rao Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Jayasudha
Mohan Babu
1980 Buchi Babu Dasari Narayana Rao Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Jaya Prada
1979 Kalyani Dasari Narayana Rao Murali Mohan
Jayasudha
1978 Manchi Manasulu Adurthi Subba Rao Akkineni Nageshwara Rao
Savitri
Showkar Janaki
1970 Maro Prapancham Adurthi Subba Rao Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Savitri
1968 Sudigundalu Adurthi Subba Rao Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Sandhya Rani

Won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu
Nandi Award for Best Feature Film
Filmfare Best Film Award (Telugu)

1955 Donga Ramudu K. V. Reddy Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Jamuna
Savitri

Television production[edit]

Television Show Genre Channel Telecast Status Notes
Mudda Mandaram Drama Zee Telugu Mon-Fri 7:30 pm
Pasupu Kunkuma Drama Zee Telugu Completed Nandi Television Award 2011[6]
Pelli Pandiri Drama Maa TV Completed
Theenmar Dance Show Zee Telugu Completed
Yuva Drama Maa TV Completed
Love Drama Maa TV Completed
Sasirekha Parinayam Drama Maa TV Completed
Puttinti Pattucheera Drama Maa TV Completed

Annapurna international school of film + media[edit]

Annapurna International School of Film and Media is the only privately managed, non-profit film and media school in India.[7]

It is also the only film school in India with government-accredited bachelor's, master's and MBA courses in film related subjects. It is also one of the only schools that is situated within the premises of a leading Film Studio and hence serves as a practical learning centre for the students.

The school was launched in August 2011 by Actor & Chairman of Annapurna Studios, Dr. Nageswara Rao Akkineni and the Akkineni family with the intention of giving back to the community through their knowledge and experience in the field.

Many members from across the Indian film industry extended their support towards this non-profit film education. The advisory board includes Shabana Azmi, Mahesh Bhatt, Farah Khan, Karan Johar, Javed Akhtar, Kamal Hassan, Tabu, Anurag Kashyap, Mani Ratnam, Gautham Menon, S. S. Rajamouli, Deva Katta and Krish.

Akkineni award gallery[edit]

The Akkineni Award Gallery houses the numerous awards that were received by the Chairman of Annapurna Studios, Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao. His list of awards include the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Indian Cinema, Padmavibhushan, Padmabhushan and Padmashree awards. The Gallery houses hundreds of mementos and artwork given by state-level, national and international organisations as a token of appreciation for his immense contribution to the world of cinema.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Annapurna builds world class film Studios". ndtv.com. 
  2. ^ "Akkineni multi-starrer movie Manam". timesofap.com. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Reliance in tie-up with Annapurna Studios for two films in 2013". idlebrain.com. 
  4. ^ "Sonu Sood joins the cast of Nagarjuna's Bhai". 123telugu.com. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "ANR's 100 days films list". idlebrain.com. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Pasupu Kunkuma bags Nandi TV Award". the Hindu. 
  7. ^ "Annapurna Studios launches International Film School". The Hindu. 

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